Mount Ararat | Where Noah's Ark Landed
Yerevan Travel Blog› entry 6 of 52 › view all entries
November 30th, 2009 – by: herman_munster
For 10 Lari he drove me to the bus station. Language barrier made easy as to buy the ticket to Yerevan, he talked in Georgian to the right bus driver. There are 2 types of intercity bus transportation, normal coaches and Marshrutka-what the local called for minivan. It departs when seats full or when the driver decides so. But it is the fastest and easiest way to travel around the region. Other option is by train but it takes forever to reach Yerevan. The train moves 40km/hour.
I paid 30 Lari (€12) and sat on the last available seat in between another 3 gentlemen at the rear. 9.50am the Marshrutka left Tbilisi. Around 40 minutes later the minivan reached the border and getting stamped didn’t take so long at all. After exiting Georgian security border we walked to Armenian security gate which I had to get visa. The rest of passengers were Georgian and Armenian and for them the process was smooth. I didn’t even have Armenian Dram. 21 days Visa cost 3000 Dram (USD8) surprisingly cheaper than I thought it would be USD20 . I needed to change my Euro, the bank counter was already had couple of people waiting and the officer’s computer wasn’t working. So I waited for nearly half an hour. The bus driver became anxious that I was the one who made the rest waiting.
And I was right as the bank gave me 23,000 Dram NOT 3000 Dram !!!
And the visa sorted and Marshrutka continue the journey.The seat that I sat was elevated higher than the rest so my eye level can only sees the road not the mountains sceneries. Stupid Marshrutka roof stand in the way!
Mid way somewhat midday the Marshrutka stopped for a break and lunch.
Half way the journey the Marshrutka dropped some passengers and I managed to change seat and able to see beautiful sceneries of Armenian villages over snowy mountains. The houses look seasoned and not well maintained. Armenia is used to be under Soviet Union and the architecture is somewhat different than Georgia.
Finally the Marshrutka arrived at Yerevan main bus station and half 3pm. I took a cab to Envoy Hostel for 1500 Drams. Liking the clean and spacious hostel I was planning to stay 2 nights. Get a good rest and town sightseeing before heading to Tabriz Iran. Yerevan is one of the world’s continuously inhabited city where beautifully Mount Ararat backdroping the skyline.
Mount Ararat located in Ancient Armenia but nowadays within Turkey is where Noah's Ark is told to have landed after the big flood.
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